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SANDIA CREEK. Sandia Creek rises in Balmorhea and on the northwestern edge of the Barrilla Mountains in southwestern Reeves County (at 30°59' N, 103°43' W) and runs eighteen miles northeasterly, through Brogado, to its mouth on Toyah Creek, 2½ miles east of the Pecos Valley Southern Railway in the north central part of the county (at 31°04' N, 103°35' W). Hart Draw joins Sandia Creek at Brogado, and Cox Draw meets it one mile north of Interstate 10. The stream begins in desert mountain terrain on volcanic rock and crosses steep to gentle slopes composed of sand, gravel, and mud deposits washed from the Davis Mountains. Generally light reddish-brown to brown sand, clay loam, and rough stony ground support scrub brush and sparse grasses. Sandía is Spanish for watermelon.


The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this article.

"SANDIA CREEK," Handbook of Texas Online (, accessed October 06, 2015. Uploaded on June 15, 2010. Published by the Texas State Historical Association.